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Since its inception in 2009, Canyons District has been unwavering in its support of innovation in the classroom. With rapid advances in technology, the sky’s the limit, but it takes an innovative teacher to put technology to effective use, says Canyons Education Foundation Director Laura Barlow. “With their training and boots-on-the-ground perspective, teachers know what works and doesn’t work to help students succeed. The seeds of innovation start with them.” Such was the impetus behind the Foundation’s Innovation grants, which are awarded each year to fuel teachers’ winning ideas for enhancing classroom instruction. Applications for the 2017-2018 round of grants…
What do you want to be when you grow up? A builder, a baker, or museum curator? An accountant, a barber, or brave fire fighter? How about a doctor, a researcher, or fabulous teacher? Every year, on the Friday of the first full week of school, Canyons District celebrates Kindergarten College-Readiness Day, a time for our youngest students to share their dreams and begin to think about how they might achieve them. Each classroom finds its own way to celebrate. Some invite students to come to school dressed in the fashion of their career of choice. Others host a career-oriented…
The window for applying to test into Canyons School District’s SALTA magnet program for advanced learners opens early this year. Students in kindergarten through the seventh grade can apply online starting Monday, Sept. 11, through midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 4.  No late applications will be accepted. SALTA — Supporting Advanced Learners Toward Achievement — serves students who demonstrate significantly high cognitive and academic abilities in comparison to peers. Due to the time-intensive and rigorous nature of the process for determining a student’s fit for the program, parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the testing requirements well before completing an…
As a Staff Sargeant for the U.S. National Guard, Ryan Miller has two jobs: perform missions for his unit — sometimes for weeks at a time — and teach seventh- and eighth-grade science at Eastmont Middle School. Thanks to the support of Stacy Kurtzhals, former principal of Eastmont, Miller’s transition between deployment and working in the classroom is as seamless as it can be. Kurtzhals makes sure Miller has the plans he needs, that his students have a substitute if necessary, and he can trust his classroom is in good hands while he is away. Miller nominated Kurtzhals, who is…
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 14:17

Remembering Hillcrest Coach Cazzie Brown

College funds have been established benefitting children of the late Hillcrest High head football Coach Cazzie Brown. Coach Brown passed away Sunday, Aug. 27 from complications of a viral infection. A mentor with a distinct gift for inspiring young people to achieve, whether in the classroom or the football field, “Caz” was a champion of higher education. “We’ve had such an outpouring of support from schools and school districts throughout Utah. As students, colleagues and friends mourn, many have asked if there’s anything they can do to support his three children in their educational goals,” said Canyons District Foundation Director…
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